Sat, May 31, 2014
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the Four Freshmen, Bill Cunliffe, Freda Payne, the Rodger Fox Big Band at Queens Birthday Jazz Festival at Expressions Arts Centre
QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL
THE FOUR FRESHMAN
WEDNESDAY 28 MAY 8pm
Renowned barbershop quartet from the United States of America.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the time-honoured harmony and legendary sound of one of the most famous jazz vocal groups of all time. Singing with a harmony uniquely their own, The Four Freshmen have enamoured listeners world-wide for 50 plus years, recorded over 45 albums, 70 top selling singles, and received 6 Grammy Nominations. They have strongly influenced many groups over the years including, Take Six, Manhatten Transfer and the Beach Boy. Today the names and faces have changed, but the harmony and meticulous sound of The Four Freshmen continue to fascinate audiences worldwide. This show will sell out.
THURSDAY 29 MAY 8pm
A night of French cabaret jazz and comedy with entertainer Jane Keller accompanied by Michael Williams, Jane originally from Ohio and with over 30 years of operatic experience Keller’s cabaret shows are highly acclaimed in both New Zealand and the USA. With snippets from her sell-out comedy show Boomers Behaving Badly and other bits. Adam Page a one-man band has never sounded so good. Adelaide multi-instrumentalist Adam Page makes spontaneous symphonies on stage, feeding all his instruments and vocals through loop pedals to build lush, layered soundscapes. This combination is an off-beat show for all.
THE JAZZ GALA
FRIDAY 30 MAY 8pm
The USA vocalist Freda Payne and Pianist Bill Cunliffe in concert with The Rodger Fox Wellington Jazz Orchestra
The festival’s signature Jazz Gala proudly features legendary American jazz singer Freda Payne and jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe, in concert with The Rodger Fox Wellington Jazz Orchestra. Well known for her million selling, 1970 hit single, "Band of Gold” Payne has shared the stage with legends such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Quincy ]ones whilst Cunliffe has worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra and James Moody among others. Together with a swinging big band they will present a night of sultry jazz and smooth soul.
SATURDAY 31 MAY 8pm
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band. With support from The Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band
Blues Night brings you a touch of Koko, some sweet guitar solos, honky tonk piano, warm upright bass and a whole lot of rhythm and blues with the Back Porch Band featuring High energy singer Laura Collins and ex-warratahs Wayne Mason, expect a toe-tapping good old southern time on the back porch. With the Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band featuring Pip Payne – washboard, lagerfone,guitar,vocals, Neil Worboys, Banjo, Mandolin, Maurice Priestley, Guitar,Kazoo,Voacls and Bill Wood, Tea chest bass, hollers and whoop
Tickets $45 Adult | $40 Friends/Jazz Club/Piano Club Concession I $20 Students| $160 Festival Pass
Queen’s Birthday Jazz and Blues Festival is brought to you by Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre with funding from the Rimutaka Trust and support from The Breeze.
SUNDAY SOUL COMMUNITY CONCERT
SUNDAY 1 JUNE 7pm
Free I Booking recommended
Join Soul City Church for a night of old fashioned Gospel and a whole lot of soul at the FREE community concert. Featuring members from the renowned Capital Gospel Show singing well-known favourite sing-a-longs, and ‘sweet as honey’ music from Nick Tipping’s toe tapping soul band this will a night of wonderfully moving music that stirs your soul, shakes you up and stays with you.
QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HIGH TEA
MONDAY 2 JUNE 3.30pm
$35 I Booking recommended
Experience the glamour of High Tea and treat yourself to an afternoon of indulgence this Queen’s Birthday. Featuring lovingly created and beautifully crafted sweet and savoury delights for you to relish and a refreshing glass of bubbles, this is the perfect way to end the festival.
THE QUEEN’S JEWELS
WEDNESDAY 28 MAY - MONDAY 2 JUNE 9am – 4pm
There’s no need to travel all the way to London to view the crown jewels - This Queen’s Birthday Expressions presents a display of replicas with all the glamour of the originals. Made for the New Zealand Centennial Exhibition in 1940, and on loan from the Museum of Wellington, City and Sea these gems will sit in our foyer for the Festival.
QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY ARTY PARTY
SATURDAY 31 MAY 9am – 4pm
Celebrate the queen’s birthday with a variety of art activities in the Rotary Foyer. Make your own crown, colour your own castle or design a 1940’s inspired outfit for the queen.
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Expressions Arts Centre, Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt